Paola, Outbound to Denmark

Hej!

It has been an incredible 3 and half months in Denmark. So much has happened in such a shot amount of time, and yet I feel like time is going by so quickly.

I am starting to really learn Danish- things are clicking and I'm remembering so much more now. I'm able to hold up conversations and I understand most everything people say to me! I found that there is no shame in asking for help or for someone to clarify something- in doing this, I've improved so much.

Since the beginning, I have felt a very close connection with my fellow exchange students, especially a small group of girls (3 from Brazil, 1 from Mexico, and 1 from Canada) who I see as my best friends. This group of friends has made me so happy because these girls know who I am, they understand me in a way no one else can. We help each other through the more difficult times of exchange and are always there for each to celebrate the great days as well.

On the topic of friends, I have also grown very close to my class at gymnasium. At first, everyone was very kind and welcoming to me, but there was still a barrier between us- I was new, I didn't know Danish. Little by little, however, I started feeling like one of them. As I learn Danish and show up to school everyday, I feel my classmates seeing me as just that- a classmate, a friend (rather than the exchange student.)

I'm so happy for this because my class is filled with some of the funniest and most caring people I've ever met.

I switch to my second family in 3 weeks and it's a mix of emotions, to be honest. Of course, I am excited. My next family is super sweet, but I really bonded and grew close to my first host family. Just like as with my exchange friends, they managed to really understand my personality. They made me feel like I was a part of the family and just the same, I see them as family. Moving to the new family, I'm nervous having to start over again- introducing myself, getting used to my new family, learning the new routine and house rules. In a year where the norm is never knowing what's happening and always being confused until the end of the year when the language learning starts to show itself, it's very comforting to have a place where you know what to do. That's how I feel with my first family. But, I'm optimistic because obviously, it wasn't always this way with my first family. I had to observe and learn, and I'm excited to do that with my next family! Especially since its almost December, and let me tell you, the Danish really do Christmas well. I've heard so many stories about traditions and things to do in Copenhagen and I am soo excited! Colombian christmas is also full of tradition and family love, so I'm happy that I will have that this Christmas as well :):)

Missing Florida a little more recently since getting darker and more rainy here in Copenhagen. Wish me some sun in these next few months!

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